Professor Himelfarb, associate professor, received his B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1985 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1993. He teaches courses in American politics, contemporary issues inAmerican politics, and the US Congress and the presidency. His scholarly interests include matters relating to the elderly, health care, and poverty policy. Dr. Himelfarb is the author of Catastrophic Politics: The Rise and Fall of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988, published by the Pennsylvania State University Press.
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Affordable Care Act
Health Care Policy
Presidential and Congressional Elections
University of Rochester: Ph. D., Political Science 1993
University of Rochester: M.A., Political Science 1988
University of Maryland: B.A., Political Science 1985
Media Appearances (8)
Hofstra University professor gives his thoughts on Trump’s prime-time address
Fios 1 News tv
The rhetoric was “a lot more of the same,” said Richard Himelfarb, professor of political science, in an interview with FIOS1 News about President Donald Trump’s televised address and the Democratic rebuttal about border security on Jan. 8, 2019.
Remembering George H.W. Bush
Fox 5 NY tv
Associate Professor of Political Science Richard Himelfarb was featured in a Fox 5 News report that looked back at highlights of Hofstra’s 1997 conference on the George H.W. Bush presidency.
Recalling Bush conference at Hofstra University in 1997
“I’ve never met anybody who was more graceful and dignified than George H.W. Bush,” said Hofstra political science Prof. Richard Himmelfarb, who helped run the conference and had a chance to talk to Bush. “The word I would use: He had class.”
Ivanka Trump's Role in the White House
“I think what’s really interesting about Ivanka is that she’s being called her father’s most important adviser in the White House, and that she’s going to be giving him substantive political and perhaps policy advice while he’s president,” said Dr. Richard Himelfarb, of Hofstra University.
Trump is nearly finished filling his biggest jobs
Richard Himelfarb, a Hofstra University associate professor of political science, said the final openings give Trump a chance to diversify his team and name a “few more women, a few more minority appointments so he can stave off these charges that the Cabinet doesn’t look like America.”
Millennial voters could play key role in presidential race
Political experts and pollsters say Clinton, 68, the presumptive Democratic nominee, and Trump, 70, the presumptive Republican nominee, must ramp up their efforts to woo millennials — voters ages 18 to 35 — if they want to win in November.
“It’s one of the voting blocs they have to win,” said Richard Himelfarb, an associate professor of political science at Hofstra University.
Washington Journal: The First Presidential Debate at Hofstra University
Richard Himelfarb talks about the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump being held at Hofstra University, where he is a political science professor, describes some of the university’s offerings on the 2016 presidential election, and student interest in the election.
Love him or hate him, Donald Trump could 'create chaos' for GOP in 2016, experts predict
New York Daily News online
Richard Himelfarb, a political science professor at Hofstra University and host of presidential debates, says Trump's refusal to tone it down could be his undoing.
"Donald Trump is going to keep doubling down on this and will ultimately say something so absurd that even Republicans who agree with him and his stance will have to abandon him," said Himelfarb.